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I've been running SL on my 2006 Core 2 Duo Mac Book Pro for years now, but this last update has me crashing hard within a few minutes every time.  I have to reboot the computer to get out of it.  I'm curious if this is connected to graphics artifacts that usually precede the crash; my scripted hair (all from one creator, and I can't mod it to turn off the script) suddenly generates triangular patches of gray and black.  Sometimes there are so many of these that that they completely obscure the screen, and sometimes they just look like some bizarre Las Vegas head-dress.  They stay or they flicker and go away, but the crash happens fairly soon after that.

Anyone have any idea what's going on?

 

Second Life 2.6.3 (227447) Apr 22 2011 15:12:09 (Second Life Release)
Release Notes
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU         T7400  @ 2.16GHz (2160 MHz)
Memory: 3072 MB
OS Version: Darwin 10.7.0 Darwin Kernel Version 10.7.0: Sat Jan 29 15:17:16 PST 2011; root:xnu-1504.9.37~1/RELEASE_I386 i386
Graphics Card Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1600 OpenGL Engine
OpenGL Version: 2.0 ATI-1.6.26
libcurl Version: libcurl/7.21.1 OpenSSL/0.9.8q zlib/1.2.5 c-ares/1.7.1
J2C Decoder Version: KDU v6.4.1
Audio Driver Version: FMOD version 3.750000
Qt Webkit Version: 4.7.1 (version number hard-coded)
Voice Server Version: Not Connected
Built with GCC version 40001

Second Life 2.6.3 (227447) Apr 22 2011 15:12:09 (Second Life Release)Release Notes
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU         T7400  @ 2.16GHz (2160 MHz)Memory: 3072 MBOS Version: Darwin 10.7.0 Darwin Kernel Version 10.7.0: Sat Jan 29 15:17:16 PST 2011; root:xnu-1504.9.37~1/RELEASE_I386 i386Graphics Card Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1600 OpenGL Engine
OpenGL Version: 2.0 ATI-1.6.26
libcurl Version: libcurl/7.21.1 OpenSSL/0.9.8q zlib/1.2.5 c-ares/1.7.1J2C Decoder Version: KDU v6.4.1Audio Driver Version: FMOD version 3.750000Qt Webkit Version: 4.7.1 (version number hard-coded)Voice Server Version: Not ConnectedBuilt with GCC version 40001

 

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Hi, funny triangles plus an ATI card could be the old VBO problem. On your SL preferences, graphics tab, press the Hardware button and turn off Vertex Buffer Objects. This problem appears to be mostly fixed on newer viewers with recent ATI drivers, but if you have an older OS X you could have some legacy bugs (but it lookslike you could be running Lion? Nope, misread that's the Darwin version.).

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ATI Cards have some problems. It is very important that you are using the right version video driver, not just the latest. The story around the forum is in some cases the newest driver creates more problems than an older one. There are ATI and OpenGL problems on the Mac side. Search the forum for Mac and ATI to find more information on the problems.

On my nVidia card I had a number of problems with 2.6.3 versions. I have since been using the development viewers in the 2.6.8 range and having way less problems.

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Cerise Sorbet wrote:

Hi, funny triangles plus an ATI card could be the old VBO problem. On your SL preferences, graphics tab, press the Hardware button and turn off Vertex Buffer Objects. This problem appears to be mostly fixed on newer viewers with recent ATI drivers, but if you have an older OS X you could have some legacy bugs (but it lookslike you could be running Lion? Nope, misread that's the Darwin version.).

 

Thanks.  I have turned off VBO, and hope that will take care of it.  **fingers crossed**  My OS is the most up-to-date one that ordinary mortals can get.

I appreciate your reply!

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Nalates Urriah wrote:

ATI Cards have some problems. It is very important that you are using the right version video driver, not just the latest. The story around the forum is in some cases the newest driver creates more problems than an older one. There are ATI and OpenGL problems on the Mac side. Search the forum for Mac and ATI to find more information on the problems.

On my nVidia card I had a number of problems with 2.6.3 versions. I have since been using the development viewers in the 2.6.8 range and having way less problems.

Thanks, Nalates.  I didn't know that drivers could be stepped back, but I'll check it out.  I appreciate your help!

 

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Nalates Urriah wrote:

ATI Cards have some problems. It is very important that you are using the right version video driver, not just the latest. The story around the forum is in some cases the newest driver creates more problems than an older one. There are ATI and OpenGL problems on the Mac side. Search the forum for Mac and ATI to find more information on the problems.

That's only true on Windows and Linux. On OSX all the drivers are old since Apple hasn't updated much of anything in 6 years now.

 

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